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Manchester United & Liverpool face Turkish fight over Colombian striker

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Martinez is set to spark a bidding war. (©GettyImages)
Martinez is set to spark a bidding war. (©GettyImages).

Manchester United and Liverpool face competition from Galatasaray to land FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez.

According to talkSPORT, both Sir Alex Ferguson and Brendan Rodgers are interested in the Colombia international.

Any attempts to land Martinez by Manchester United or Liverpool will now face tough competition from the Turkish side.

Galatasaray have been spending heavily this season, signing both Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in the January transfer window.

The report claims Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool may struggle to land transfer targets if the bigger clubs from Turkey also want them.

This is because Turkish tax law is favourable towards big earners such as Sneijder and Drogba, who will keep a much larger proportion of their wages than if they played in many other EU countries.

Now clubs like Galatasaray and Fenerbache appear more willing to invest more heavily in high profile stars in a bid to become more established in European competition.

Old Trafford and Anfield are unlikely to be the only other clubs sending scouts to watch Martinez, as he has been in sensational form all season.

The 26-year-old has scored 23 goals in only 25 league games since he joined Porto from Mexican side Jaguares in the summer.

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